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History of Debt Limit Increases

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Ame... Read More »

Honoring Our Fallen Military Members

Each Memorial Day, our nation gathers to remember our fallen service men and women and to give thanks for their heroic, selfless acts for our nation. From wars fought on our own soil, to the wars fought around the world, through their bravery and commitment the United States has prevailed and we remain united. May God bless our service men and women – past and present – and their families for the many sacrifices they have made to protect the freedoms and liberties that we as Americans hold so dear. Read More »

Pray for Boston

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of yesterday's horrific act of violence in Boston. The whole House of Representatives yesterday offered a moment of silence, and we continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones. I’d like to extend my gratitude to the first responders, public safety officers, and members of our law enforcement who selflessly and bravely answered the call for help during this time of need. Amidst this sad time, our country stands together, showing our unwavering spirit and devotion to this great nation and its people. Read More »

Tax Day

Tax day is a stark reminder to hardworking Americans of the burden of our current tax code and will spend on average 13 hours to prepare to pay for their taxes. Our tax code is almost four million words long. It is too complicated, too time-consuming, and too costly. While the President continues to push for higher taxes, Republicans are committed to comprehensive tax reform. With the economy still struggling to grow, we need to work towards a fairer, simpler tax code that will help create a stronger economy, create jobs, and put more of Americans’ hard-earned cash back in their pockets. Read More »

The True Price of Obamacare

A joint, bicameral report released this week by Congressional Republicans outlines estimated increases in health care premiums for some Americans, specifically young adults and the middle class, when major provisions of President Obama’s health care law go into effect next year. Analysis from the report projects an increase in Ohio health care premiums between 55 to 106 percent. The report points to several provisions within the Obamacare that will place upward pressure on premiums, including the $165 billion in new taxes and fees on health plans, drug manufacturers, and device makers. Along w... Read More »

Producing a Budget

For the fourth time in five years the president has missed the legal deadline to submit his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president to submit his budget request to Congress for the upcoming fiscal year no later than the first Monday of February. In addition to the president missing the deadline to submit a budget, it has been almost four years since the Senate has passed a budget. Hardworking taxpayers across Ohio and the nation have budgets and Congress should have one too. The House has put forth solutions and passed two legis... Read More »

Imperial Presidency

In nearly four years, President Obama has circumvented Congress by issuing 147 executive orders, and according to a recent report from the American Action Forum, his administration has issued nearly $500 billion in regulations during his first term. Under the Obama administration hardworking taxpayers, farmers, and other job creators have endured an excessive onslaught of government regulations, implemented by unelected bureaucrats, and that do not receive full consideration of basic industry concerns such as compliance costs and feasibility. A report from the Small Business Administration est... Read More »

Spending is the Problem

This chart, courtesy of the House Budget Committee, clearly shows that even with the president's proposed tax hike, these increased taxes alone won’t address our crippling national debt. We can no longer ignore this serious problem facing our nation – we need real spending reforms to promote job creation and restore economic prosperity. Read More »

Honoring Our Veterans

As America honors our veterans today, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all veterans who have answered the call of service to our great country and fought to defend the values, liberties, and freedoms that we as Americans hold so dear. They are true heroes for the sacrifices they and their families have made, and on this day of national observance, let us all take a moment to thank a veteran for his or her service and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. George Washington who once said, "The willingness with which our young people... Read More »

Information on Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

Our fellow Americans in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the region continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. For information on how to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, you can contact the Red Cross online at or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Thank you to our first responders, public safety and law enforcement officers, nurses, doctors, and volunteers who are working tirelessly to assist those affected by the hurricane. Read More »

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